Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Southern Spotlight- Piper Densmore

Hey Y'all! 

One of the best parts of blogging is getting to "meet" new people. I have formed the most amazing relationships with online friends. One of those wonderful online friends is Piper Densmore. I met Piper through her mom's blog several years ago. Piper and I are both proud Southern Belles who love the state of Georgia and all things southern with our whole heart.

I have watched as Piper navigated college, become a leader of her sorority, Phi Mu, found employment post-graduation, gotten engaged and entered the professional arena of public relations. She is also in the midst of planning her wedding.

To say it has been a pleasure getting to know her is an understatement. Piper has a fresh (and sometimes humorous) viewpoint of the world and I'm so blessed to call her "friend". I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for her and I'm confident that she has a wonderful life ahead of her.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Piper as much as I have. Check out her blog here.

Miss Piper and her handsome fiance', Christopher. 
Describe yourself in five words... Achiever, Disciplined, Focused, Deliberative, Futuristic. Does it say anything about me that I pulled these directly from my Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment?

Why did you choose public relations as your profession?
I was a total yearbook nerd in high school. Seriously, they called me the Yearbook Queen. I really loved all things journalism and fashion, so I initially started out at Georgia Southern as a Journalism/Fashion Merchandising double major, but after one disastrous fashion class I switched to PR. It allowed me to enjoy just enough of the “fun” journalism courses while avoiding the theoretical side of it, and also allowed and encouraged an almost over-use of social media which comes naturally to me. Plus, I knew it would provide flexibility in my career which was important to me as I have a tendency to move a lot, for one reason or another.

What is your favorite thing about living in the South?
I have no idea how to answer that, other than…the further south I go, the more I love it. I’ve lived all over the East Coast, and there is something about South Georgia and the Low Country of South Carolina that is simply beautiful. The land, water, people, weather, accents, food, homes, fashion—it’s all beautiful and unique, and essentially home for me.  I never want to leave!

Shifting gears here… You are engaged to be married. Tell my readers how you manage the stress of working full-time and planning a wedding.  When Christopher and I get married, we will have been engaged for three years and a day. Needless to say, I’ve had plenty of time to figure this whole thing out! The excitement of wedding planning is currently overshadowing the stress, and I hope it stays that way. We’re also getting married at an essentially all-inclusive venue, Quinney Oaks Plantation, so that takes a load of stress of for sure. We really just have to pick the fun things like what to wear, and the most important part of the wedding…CAKE!  Plus, being the Type A individual I am, I already have deadlines and timelines written in pink all throughout my 2015-2016 Lilly Pulitzer planner, just ready to go. We’ve broken the 300 day away mark, so it’s getting close, and I’m excited.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Oh Lord, if you ask my friends they would definitely say that Christopher and I will have a kid or two by then.  I like to think that I will be happily married, hopefully decorating our first home, and possibly about to have a baby, or playing with a newborn. Or maybe just another puppy!

Tell me about your faith and your church life... I grew up Southern Baptist, and always attended a Christian school until college. I will always be thankful for the sacrifices my parents made to send me to a private, Christian school, because I feel like it truly shaped who I am today  not only spiritually, but as someone who enjoys learning. It wasn’t like VBS all the time, our Bible classes were tough! We talked about all different religions and different beliefs even within Christianity which opened up my eyes to many different thought-processes and ideas. I feel like I truly am a critical thinker in all aspects of life, while referencing back to what my teachers would call, “a biblical worldview.”
I’ve experienced a lot of personal turmoil over the last few years, and am forever thankful of the never-ending support I receive through my faith whether that is spiritual support in my prayer life or Bible study, or the support I’ve received through those praying for me and encouraging me. I look forward to living in the same town as my fiancĂ© so we can finally attend church together regularly and develop a relationship with Christ together, while strengthening our own individually.

Last concert attended?
Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla. Tesla was lame because I think everyone only knows that one song. Christopher loves Styx which cracks me up, because my hard-core 80’s loving parents always thought they were lame. I grew up on Def Leppard. I remember filling out something similar to this in 8th grade saying that Def Leppard was my favorite band, and my horrible, Yankee teacher (long story) didn’t believe me. I like to think that I’ve helped develop Christopher’s love of 80’s rock like I did with his new-found love of chocolate. He’s definitely better for having met me!

What is your favorite color?
Pink is my signature color. Need I say more? I’ve already gotten dozens of the “blush and bashful” questions about the wedding, but I really do love pink. I feel my best when I wear it, and having pink Post-it’s and pens in my office keeps my spirits up and energy high. And pink drinks just taste better!

What is your favorite season? 
Not winter is the short answer. I love fall because I probably fall into the “basic white girl” category far too well. Pumpkins, football, cooler weather, sweaters, and boots make me feel cozy and embarrassingly nostalgic as that is the season the Christopher and I fell in love. Spring is always a new beginnings time for me, as I feel most creative and happy then. Plus, flowers. And I love slow, sleepy summer. I worship the sun, and if I could live at the beach I would be the absolute happiest.

What is your decorating style? 
I gravitate towards all things white and gray. I grew up in homes of warm colors; I’ve always been drawn towards a cooler, more neutral palette. I love the blues of the ocean and find them to be so peaceful. White equals clean in my mind, and having a clean, tidy home is mentally relaxing for me. I like to add pops of color (these are colors in my world) with gray and other mixed metallic—no matter what “they” say, a mix of silver and gold is always a win in my book.***See Piper's Pinterest Boards here***

What do you think is the hardest/best part of becoming an independent woman?
I like to think I’ve always been somewhat independent. While I had a great support system at home growing up, I did have my fair share of responsibilities that grew at a natural pace during college, and now as an adult. Alone time is something that I naturally crave, so it seemed natural for me to live by myself after college to the shock of my friends. I was never what you would call a serial dater in high school or college, so while I value my fiancĂ© and our relationship with all of my heart, I know that I would still be okay on my own. That may sound really negative, or like I’m not in love, which is so far from the truth; I just think it is really important to be satisfied with yourself and your relationship with God first and foremost before any other relationship comes into play.

I’ve always wanted to be an adult, and now that I’m here I absolutely love it. I love the freedom and lack of homework I have every day. I truly enjoy getting up at 6:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, to go to a job that challenges me and is fun. I like the sense of pride that comes with never having missed a payment on a bill, and the humility that has come with the few times I’ve needed help making ends meet. As hard as it can be sometimes, I like making decisions for myself even if and when I have to suffer the consequences! I love my grown-up friends, most of whom have kids or have been married for 30 years—their wisdom and mentoring is priceless to me. I love the lack of stress in most of my relationships, and the confidence I have in myself and in those that I am surrounded by. 

Until next time...

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